Country Guide: Liberia

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Updated: August 25, 2016

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required                                          

  • Copy of passport
  • Detailed inventory
  • Packing list (in English)
  • Valued inventory
  • Invoice of the shipment
  • Certificate of exemption from employer or organization
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / telex release / air waybill (AWB)
  • Clear report of findings (CRF) issued by the pre-inspection company's representative in Liberia, at the end of the pro-inspection process (non-exempt shipments)
  • Diplomatic exemption (diplomats)
  • Waiver of import duties (diplomats)

 

Specific Information

  • Duties and taxes must be paid.
  • Import taxes will be claimed on sea freight and air freight.
  • Indicate “used personal effects” instead of “household goods” on the OBL / AWB.
  • Detailed volumes of the household goods and personal effects should be indicated on the OBL / AWB.
  • Documents with OBL / telex release must be delivered to agent at least 10 days prior to shipment arrival.
  • Non-diplomatic shipments are subject to pre-shipment inspection at origin.
  • The invoice of the shipment must show the value that the government will waive to the employer or organization; agents and customers should create an invoice from the value inventory list (diplomatic and exempt shipments).
  • Diplomatic shipments are exempt from import duties and taxes.
  • The diplomatic organization must provide agent with diplomatic exemption and documents received from Liberian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)
  • A copy of the OBL / AWB should be forwarded to the destination agent to start the clearance process prior to arrival of the shipment.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Copy of passport
  • Original commercial invoice

 

Specific Information

  • Vehicles older than 12 years cannot be imported.
  • Chassis number and number must be indicated on the OBL.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Import permit
  • Rabies vaccination certificate (from country of origin)
  • Veterinary health certificate (from country of origin)

 

Specific Information

  • Documents must accompany animals.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Flowers and plants (health certificate from the origin country required)
  • Perfume (4 fluid ounces), eau de toilette (1 liter)
  • New items valued at no more than $125
  • The following items may qualify for free import by adults within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (25), tobacco (250 grams)
    • Consumable spirits / wine (1 liter)

Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Counterfeit items
  • Pornographic material
  • Meat and meat products

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.state.gov/p/af/ci/li

http://www.liberianembassyus.org

 

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.